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Hollywood Stars Speak Out In Effort To Combat Gender Pay Gap

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Actress Robin Wright made a splash when she revealed that it was only by threatening to go public that she was able to negotiate her House of Cards salary to be the same as that of her male co-star. Pay equity in Hollywood isn't a new issue, but getting around it by sharing salary information might be a new way to combat it.

'Little Labors' Is No Small Feat

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:00pm

Rivka Galchen's meditation on motherhood is wry, low-key and non-linear, inspired by the 11th-century Japanese classic The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon — and the sleep-deprived brains of new parents.

This Is What A Feast For 5,000 Made From Food Waste Looks Like

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:57am

A small brigade of volunteers chopped up thousands of pounds of vegetables that might otherwise have landed in the dump. Celebrity chefs helped whip it into a meal tasty enough to get crowds to care.

'Eleven Hours' Vividly Depicts The Beauty And Brutality Of Childbirth

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:33am

Pamela Erens' new novel takes place in the maternity ward of a New York hospital as a pregnant nurse assists in another woman's labor. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a fierce read.

Why An Art Historian Took NYPD Officers To The Met

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 3:29pm

Art historian Amy Herman took officers from the New York Police Department to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and used art to show them how to look closer at their own cases.

Kenya Barris On 'Black-ish' And What Kids Lose When They Grow Up With More

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:26pm

Barris' ABC comedy series was inspired by his own family experiences. He says the show is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in."

'Devil And The Bluebird' Is A Magical, Musical Road Trip

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

Jennifer Mason-Black's new novel has echoes of the Odyssey. It follows a young musician who makes a deal with a devil at the crossroads: Her voice, in exchange for a way to find her missing sister.

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Discusses 'The Sympathizer' And His Escape From Vietnam

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 1:00pm

Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for The Sympathizer, a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam.

Racing Toward TV's Future, Late-Night Shows Shift To Any-Time Social Media

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:56am

Late-night talk shows are focusing increasing on their web audiences with segments like "Carpool Karaoke" and "Lip Sync Battle." TV critic David Bianculli says the changes are exciting.

The Nightmarish Reality Of Ceausescu's Romania In 'The Fox'

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 9:00am

Herta Müller's remarkable novel tells the story of a young schoolteacher who becomes convinced, through gruesome clues, that the Romanian dictator's secret police are closing in on her.

Too Much Technology Can Spoil Your Warhol Experience

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:01am

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has reopened after a three-year closure. Like a growing number of museums, it hopes new tech doesn't get in the way of looking at the art.

'Joe Gould's Teeth' Is The Tale Of A Long, Lost Book

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 6:00am

Jill Lepore digs into the story of Joe Gould, a legendary Greenwich Village writer and eccentric — and discovers that his missing magnum opus, long thought imaginary, may actually have existed.

'The Vegetarian' Wins Man Booker International Prize For Fiction

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:18am

South Korean author Han Kang was awarded the prize for her dark novel The Vegetarian at a London ceremony on Monday. She shares the honor with translator Deborah Smith.

'People Want These Stories': Women Win Big At The Nebula Awards

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:58pm

The Nebula Awards are some of the most prestigious prizes in science fiction and fantasy. This year, women authors swept the awards — and not for the first time.

'Geek Love' Author Katherine Dunn Dies At 70

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:24pm

Author Katherine Dunn, who wrote the cult comic novel, Geek Love, has died at age 70. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dunn's son, Eli Dapolonia, about his mother's life and work.

Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:24pm

Years ago, two New Yorker articles told the story of a Harvard dropout who claimed to be writing the longest book ever. Did he succeed? In Joe Gould's Teeth, Jill Lepore tries to answer that question.

An Emotional Storm Breaks In Paradise In 'A Bigger Splash'

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:02pm

An aging rock star's respite in the Mediterranean is interrupted by an old lover in A Bigger Splash. John Powers calls the film, which stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, a "gripping slow-burn."

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:45pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.

How The Narrator Of 'Jane The Virgin' Found His Voice

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:43am

Anthony Mendez's role as Jane's unseen narrator has garnered him critical acclaim. But before Mendez was able to turn his voice into a career, he was selling tombstones for the family business.

Which TV Shows Will Be Back Next Year?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:14pm

It's that time of year when TV networks decide which shows to cancel and which to renew for the 2016-2017 season. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans gives an update on the new and canceled shows.

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